Tichenor and Thongdach Honored by ITA

BOISE, Idaho - The postseason awards keep coming following an outstanding season for the Boise State women's tennis team, as senior Pichittra Thongdach and Head Coach Mark Tichenor received regional honors by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association this week.

Tichenor, who was voted the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year a few weeks ago, has now been named ITA Women's Mountain Region Coach of the Year. Along with guiding the Broncos to a 23-6 overall record this spring, Tichenor led the women to the first WAC regular season and tournament titles in program history. Their incredible season culminated with a 4-1 win over No. 21 ranked Iowa in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Boise State's season finally came to a close on Saturday (May 15) with a 4-0 loss to No. 6 Notre Dame in the second round of NCAA action.

Thongdach, a Petchaburi, Thailand (Univ. of Thailand) native, was also honored by the ITA this week in winning the 2010 ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship. The award is given to a women's player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her tam, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis. Thongdach led the Broncos in both No. 1 singles and doubles. She finished the spring with an 18-10 dual singles record, while also teaming up with Lauren Megale for a 21-7 dual doubles record.

While the season has come to an end for the Broncos as a team Thongdach is now turning her attention on the 2010 NCAA Individual Championships, which will be held in Athens, Ga., May 26-31. Thongdach will compete in the 64-player singles tournament, as well as in the 32-team doubles tournament with Megale.

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